This page is meant to serve as a one stop clearinghouse / resource guide to Educational Scholarships open to individuals (teens and adults) living in Oakland, California, and Alameda County.

The Alan and Ruth Stein Educational Assistance Program

The Alan and Ruth Stein Educational Assistance Program provides BRIDGE residents with a critical resource for pursuing their career goals and building greater economic security for themselves and their families. 

BRIDGE has been pleased to award 114 Stein Program grants to outstanding women and men whose career aspirations are as diverse as their ages, ethnicities and cultural backgrounds. The program enables adult residents living in BRIDGE properties to continue their education, and it encourages working adults who never had such an opportunity to earn college degrees and acquire the knowledge and skills necessary to launch a new career. These grants are making a critical difference, providing residents with the resources to pursue a financially secure career.


To apply, residents write essays describing their career goals and personal life stories, and provide letters of recommendation. A special committee chaired by BRIDGE Board Chair Emeritus Alan Stein and his wife Ruth will then select the recipients. Awards are available up to $6,000 per scholarship.

The program’s applicant pool consists of high-school seniors planning to go to college, longtime workers hoping to acquire skills to advance in a firm or change careers, parents returning to or continuing college while working, and people making the difficult transition from welfare to work. The institutions they hope to attend include public and private colleges, vocational schools, and certification and job skills programs.  

The second round of the 2013 - 2014 scholarship application cycle is open. You may download an application by clicking the links below. Applications must be postmarked by Friday, June 14, 2013 to be considered for Funding Round 2 of the 2013-2014 cycle.

Oakland Dollars for Scholars

Oakland Dollars for Scholars awards scholarships to eligible high school seniors attending a high school located in the city of Oakland, California.

The scholarships are financial contributions to students of up to $1,000 per year for up to four years of college. Scholarships are paid out each year when enrollment is confirmed. Also, if your college is a Collegiate Partner of ScholarshipAmerica, our scholarship is not deducted from the grants or aid the school is contributing to you.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible if you are a graduating senior in a high school located in the city of Oakland, California. Further scholarship requirements include a minimum 2.5 GPA and a valid application submitted by the deadline. Scholarships are awarded based on financial need and funds availability.

Grants for the first year are paid at the beginning of the school year with proof of college enrollment. If awarded a multi-year scholarship, grants for years two through four are contingent on further requirements as described in the application form, subject to funds availability.

How do I apply for a scholarship?

The 2013 scholarship application period has pasted, but this information will be useful when applying for next year's scholarship. The deadline for applications is March 15.  Download the application form and the tip sheet.

Important dates

January 15 Application release (latest date)
March 15 Application deadline
May 15 Award announcement (latest date)
July New recipients awards brunch
October 15 Documentation deadline (new and renewing recipients)

College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 Scholarship Application

Deadline: June 03, 2013 at 05:00 PM PDT


The College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 goal is to reach 500 African American young men, in the 2012-2013 Academic Year who are college-bound seniors in order to support their successful transition to college. The Brotherhood's mid-range goal is to support the persistence and degree attainment of this initial class and many more graduating classes to follow by developing a robust pipeline of African American young men who are college ready, enrolled and attaining college degrees. Long-term the Brotherhood has the potential to serve as a vital field building movement to ensure accountability and excellence in college preparedness and equitable access to quality education for Black young men.

The College Bound Brotherhood 2.0 has $150,000 in scholarship funds available exclusively for African American young men attending high school throughout the nine San Francisco Bay Area counties. In order to gain access to these resources, an African American young man must participate in the programming offered by a Brotherhood member agency and young men attending four-year colleges will have to complete the FAFSA or Dream Act Application and have their Cal Grant GPA uploaded to the California Student Aid Commission web portal.

There will be awards of $1,500 for students attending community colleges and awards of up to $3,500 for students attending four-year colleges in the fall. The scholarship awards are intended for the first year of college, Academic Year 2013-14.


* Must attend a public or charter high school in one of the nine Bay Area counties of Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Solano, or Sonoma

* Affiliation with a College Bound Brotherhood member agency a plus

* Must have filed the FAFSA or Dream Act Application if attending and had Cal Grant GPA verified in the Cal Grants Web Portal if attending a four-year college in the fall, community college students should have completed the FAFSA/DACA or plan to do so

* Must be a 2013 graduate of a Bay Area high school

* No GPA requirement

* No social security number required to apply

Rotary Club of Oakland

Saroni Lena Scholarship Program

Awards college scholarships to deserving Oakland high school seniors. The Committee conducts interviews in the home as well as interviews with applicants before selecting awardees. This process takes place in the spring. during the rest of the year Committee members serve as advisors to student recipients. Each Committee member is responsible for 1 or 2 student.

The Saroni Lena Scholarship Program provides scholarships to Oakland high school students who have demonstrated need for financial assistance and are academically qualified to complete a 4-year college Awards an average of five or more $5,000 undergraduate scholarships per year Assigns Rotary Counselors as mentors to scholarship recipients for the duration of their college life Our Accomplishments: Scholarship program started with a generous bequest from Rotarians Nat Lena and Al Saroni, Sr. in 1962 with matched funds by the Rotary Club Over $1 million dollars in scholarships have been awarded to over 600 Oakland high school students Over 90% of the awardees do complete college and 35% go on to graduate school. 2/3 of the students go the University of California or to the State University systems. The University of California, Berkeley is the number one choice for our scholars followed by UC, Davis.


Marcus Foster Education Fund Scholarships

This scholarship program seems to encompass both the Nguyen Family Scholarship and the UPHigh Scholarship, but not sure if this scholarship program is currently available or if the program is still active.  Information on the website is from 2009 to 2011 range ... Marcus Foster Education Fund College Scholarships[Does anyone know the current status??]

Marcus Foster Education Fund
Attn: Program Manager
8301 Edgewater Drive, Suite 203
Oakland, CA 94621

Questions? Contact 510.777.1600 or email

[additional research needed to find most current scholarship information]

East Bay College Fund

The East Bay College Fund’s programs increase college eligibility, enrollment, and future graduation success for under-represented students in higher education. East Bay College Fund aspires to involve the whole community in providing college access services, scholarships, mentoring, and support networks to assist these young people in realizing their full potential.

Scholarships, mentoring, counseling and life skills training for East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates. Provides annual Great Expectations scholarships to more than 30 local students.

East Bay College Fund provides $16,000 four-year scholarships, mentoring, on-going college counseling and life skills training to East Bay (primarily Oakland) public high school students from low income families and communities with historically low college attendance rates. East Bay College Fund was formed in 2002 by a committed group of East Bay citizens, educators, and community activists.

Since its inception, East Bay College Fund has awarded over 185 $16,000 four-year Great Expectations scholarships with mentoring support to Oakland and Emeryville public high school students.

East Bay College Fund official website


DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MONDAY, APRIL 29, 2013 AT 4:30 PM (Although the 2013 deadline for this scholarship has passed, this information will be useful when planning to apply next year)

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In 1993, the Asian Employees Association at the Port of Oakland (AEA) established a scholarship program to encourage deserving high school students from the community to pursue post-secondary education.  The program has grown steadily over the years.

Criteria for Scholarship Applicants

  • High school senior of any ethnicity, residing in the City of Oakland, and currently enrolled in an Oakland public or private high school, or high school senior who is a child of a Port of Oakland employee   (Applicants who are children of Port of Oakland employees may be enrolled in any high school.)

  • Overall GPA of 3.0 (B average) or better

  • Intends to pursue a bachelor’s degree at a four year accredited university or college on a full-time basis

Submission Requirements

To apply for a scholarship award, the following must be submitted to the AEA Scholarship Committee for review:

  1. Scholarship application form

  2. Essay personally written by the applicant. The essay topic is specified on the application form.  If the essay submitted is irrelevant to the topic, the application will be disqualified.

  3. Official transcript from the applicant’s school (may be sent separately from the school)
    The transcript must bear the school’s official seal.

  4.  A letter of recommendation from applicant’s current high school instructor or counselor. (may be sent separately from the author)

Selection Criteria

The following will be considered when reviewing the applications:

  • Originality, personal vision, relevance and responsiveness to essay topics

  • Applicant’s potential for academic achievement

  • Applicant’s potential impact on the community, both immediate and long-term

The AEA Scholarship Committee will review the applications and determine the number of scholarships to award.  The top three candidates for the highest awards, $5,000 being the highest, will be invited to a personal interview during the week of May 13.  The selected applicants will be notified of the time and place of their individual interview.  Participation at this interview is mandatory.  

PLEASE NOTE: Distributions of scholarship funds are made after the Committee receives the awardees’ certificate of enrollment from their four year post-secondary educational institution.    

The Scholarship awardees will be recognized at an event sponsored by the AEA in early June.    

Due Date for Submission

By mail:                 
     Applications must be postmarked no later than Saturday, April 27, 2013.

In person:             
Deliver to the Port of Oakland offices no later than 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 29, 2013.

Please address application packets and mail or hand-deliver to:

AEA Scholarship Committee
Port of Oakland
530 Water Street, 3rd Floor
Oakland, CA 94607

For questions, please e-mail Christia Mulvey at or call (510) 238-3623.

Boys and Girls Club of Club

Scholarships for students who have been active members of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland for at least three years.

The Gerald A. Awes Scholarship Fund
An Investment in Youth

The Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland Gerald A. Awes Scholarship Program was established in 1986 when Mr. Awes initiated the concept and made the first gift to a scholarship fund for college bound Club members.

Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland currently has scholarship recipients studying at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), San Jose State University, Humbolt State University, California State University at Hayward, Laney College and Chabot College. These young people come from disadvantaged circumstances in the most at-risk neighborhoods of inner city Oakland. Having made good on the educational opportunities provided by the Oakland Public Schools, these students have applied for and gained acceptance at accredited institutions of higher learning.

Your gift makes a difference because, in many instances, $500 or $1000 is the hurdle that keeps a capable student away from the college campus.

Scholarships make the difference...

  • ...for many students because they receive financial assistance. Additional scholarship funds will make it possible for many students to take advantage of the opportunity afforded by a higher education.
  • ...for approximately two-thirds of the young men and women who attend college.
  • ...for young women and young men who are looking for a college or vocational school education.

Scholarship Criteria

  1. Must have been an active member of Boys & Girls Clubs of Oakland for three (3) years.
  2. Acceptance and enrollment in a College or Trade/Technical School.
  3. Full-time student with a minimum of 12 units.
  4. Maintain a 2.75 GPA (Grade Point Average).
  5. Acceptance and registration must be verified.
  6. Scholarship must be re-applied for annually.
  7. Financial need must be documented.
  8. Scholarship funds are disbursed on a quarterly basis.
  9. Maximum Scholarship is $2,500 per year.

East Bay Consortium

East Bay Consortium was established in 1978 as part of the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP). The East Bay Consortium of Educational Institutions, Inc, (EBC) was founded to develop and improve educational opportunities for students in the East Bay. EBC's goal is to provide these opportunities by developing student and parent programs, improving teacher instruction in mathematics and language arts, providing opportunities for college students to explore teaching as a career, and working in conjunction with other educational programs who share similar goals.

Since 1988, in addition to providing a variety of college information services, the EBC has offered successful high quality academic enrichment programs for urban and mostly underserved youth. A critical component of the Consortium's work is the empowerment and innovative training of teachers.

The East Bay Consortium's mission is to increase the number of students finishing high school and enrolling in postsecondary institutions, through intensive educational enrichment. We offer many resources to help improve educational opportunities for students. Through these resources and our efforts, we promote their success in secondary school and in college. Most of our programs serve primarily students from low-income families or from environments with historically low college attendance rates.

Health Resources and Services Administration Scholarship

Samuel Merritt University has been awarded $5.2 million over the next four years from the Health Resources and Services Administration to award scholarships to economically and/or educationally disadvantaged Master of Physician Assistant and Doctor of Physical Therapy students. Scholarships of $15,000 each will be awarded to 86 students per year through 2016.  Current and incoming students are eligible to receive the scholarship.  Students who remain in good standing will receive priority consideration for each year they are successfully enrolled in the program. 

For information, please contact the academic program chair:

Physical Therapy
Dr. Terry Nordstrom, Program Chair

Physician Assistant
Dr. Michael DeRosa, Program Chair

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship

Samuel Merritt University is pleased to announce the 2013 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation New Careers in Nursing Scholarship for Incoming summer 2013 ABSN Students in the Oakland campus.

Five scholarship awards in the amount of $10,000.00 each are available to students from groups underrepresented in nursing or from disadvantaged backgrounds applying to the ABSN program for summer 2013 in the Oakland campus. Preference will be given to Latino/Hispanic, Black/African American, and male students, but all students are encouraged to apply. The purpose of the NCIN scholarship is to diversify the nursing workforce by supporting nursing students in accelerated programs. Recipients must be willing to participate in mentoring, leadership activities and monthly meetings while enrolled in the ABSN program.

For details about the NCIN program go to:

To download the application, click here.

Deadline: Open until all recipients are chosen.

For more information please contact the financial aid office at 510.869.1550

Capture the Dream

484 Lake Park Avenue #15 Oakland, CA 94610

The Single Parent Scholarship

$1,000 per recipient
Low-income single parents who are California residents and who will be enrolled at 2- or 4-year institution in the fall are eligible to apply.

The George Geng On Lee Minorities in Leadership Scholarship

$1,000 per recipient
Low-income minority students who are California residents and who will be enrolled full-time at 4-year institutions in the fall are eligible to apply.

Recipients are chosen for both scholarships based on the following factors:

  • Financial need
  • Leadership history
  • Community service record
  • Professional recommendations
  • Academic performance

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